Jackie Chan and director Stanley Tong have officially reunited after ten years. The pair is currently in Dubai, where production has commenced on a new film entitled Kung Fu Yoga.
Tong is a veteran stuntman turned director and stunt coordinator. He and Jackie Chan had collaborated on Police Story III: Supercop (1992), Rumble in the Bronx (1996), First Strike (1996), and The Myth (2005). Disney was impressed by Tong’s work that they hired him as the director of the live action adaptation of Mr. Magoo (1997), which starred the late Leslie Nielsen.
Kung Fu Yoga is the first Chinese-Indian co-production since its introduction a year ago. China’s Taihe Entertainment and Shinework Media, and India’s Viacom 18 are producing the film together. Joining the cast alongside Chan are Bollywood legend Jackie Shroff (Dhoom 3) and Aarif Rahman (Bruce Lee: My Brother). Shroff’s Dhoom 3 co-star Katrina Kaif was considered for a role, but that has yet to be determined.
Plot details are kept under wraps, but Chan’s going to have quite a full plate. He has also signed up to star in Martin Campbell’s action thriller The Foreigner. He has two upcoming releases, Skiptrace with Johnny Knoxville, Kung Fu Panda 3 (which he returns as Monkey), plus in development are Railroad Tiger, Shanghai Dawn and the The Karate Kid 2.
Kung Fu Yoga is scheduled for a 2016 release.